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Sep 18, 2022 14:03:52   #
grandpaw
 
Friday night I was photographing an event when my Z6ii started giving me a message about my shutter being locked and to press the shutter button to keep shooting. I did that and it would work for awhile and then the camera wouldn't come on at all. Fortunately I also had my. D810 with me as a backup and finished shooting with it. I was pretty ticked off with my Z6ii, but when I got home I started trying to figure out what the problem was. I am not going to go through the entire list of things I checked but after removing the battery grip and reconnecting it, everything worked fine. Where I was shooting was in a theater of a live performance and it was very dark at my location so I really couldn't see well enough to figure out the problem. After getting home and cooling off over being mad I found out the the battery grip must not have been communicating with the camera. I learned a long time ago not to go anywhere without a backup! If you ever have a problem with your Z camera, that has both batteries in the grip, take it off and reattach it to see if that fixes your problem. I would like to add that one battery was at 100%. and the other at 90% for those that will suggest it being a battery problem. Just wanted to share this just in case it ever happens to you!

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Sep 18, 2022 14:08:35   #
linda lagace
 
grandpaw wrote:
Friday night I was photographing an event when my Z6ii started giving me a message about my shutter being locked and to press the shutter button to keep shooting. I did that and it would work for awhile and then the camera wouldn't come on at all. Fortunately I also had my. D810 with me as a backup and finished shooting with it. I was pretty ticked off with my Z6ii, but when I got home I started trying to figure out what the problem was. I am not going to go through the entire list of things I checked but after removing the battery grip and reconnecting it, everything worked fine. Where I was shooting was in a theater of a live performance and it was very dark at my location so I really couldn't see well enough to figure out the problem. After getting home and cooling off over being mad I found out the the battery grip must not have been communicating with the camera. I learned a long time ago not to go anywhere without a backup! If you ever have a problem with your Z camera, that has both batteries in the grip, take it off and reattach it to see if that fixes your problem. I would like to add that one battery was at 100%. and the other at 90% for those that will suggest it being a battery problem. Just wanted to share this just in case it ever happens to you!
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tks

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Sep 18, 2022 17:12:57   #
BebuLamar
 
I have backup tools for my job but since photography is a hobby I do not have a back up. It my camera failed I go home. I would be more upset about my camera malfunction than the pictures I may miss.

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Sep 18, 2022 17:48:17   #
SteveInConverse Loc: South Texas
 
I have two main cameras and when I go to shoot, I have my "main" camera and the backup as well as at least a lens or two to switch out. Spare SD card as well and a couple of spare batteries.

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Sep 18, 2022 20:49:44   #
kpmac Loc: Ragley, La
 
I have two cameras. I even have two drones.

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Sep 18, 2022 20:58:41   #
gwilliams6
 
As a working pro I always have backup camera and extra lenses, cards, batteries ,strobes etc.

I also shoot raw+jpeg at all times, raw to one card slot, jpeg to my other card slot for redundancy. My clients deserve no less. I shoot the same setup for my personal work also so no memorable shot is lost if a card goes bad (it does happen if your shoot long enough).

For casual shooters on a budget, that just may not be realistic or feasible, and I understand that.

Cheers and glad you had your backup camera with you, grandpaw.

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Sep 18, 2022 21:07:39   #
JD750 Loc: SoCal
 
Ha ha I thought the title said "Backpack". I have 3. Just like backups. LOL.

Yep if you have anything of value, sentimental or otherwise, information that you care about, stored on a digital device, ALWAYS back it up.

AND test that backup. Create a test file, back it up. Then blow it away and restore it. ;)

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Sep 19, 2022 06:55:10   #
Jim Bianco
 
grandpaw wrote:
Friday night I was photographing an event when my Z6ii started giving me a message about my shutter being locked and to press the shutter button to keep shooting. I did that and it would work for awhile and then the camera wouldn't come on at all. Fortunately I also had my. D810 with me as a backup and finished shooting with it. I was pretty ticked off with my Z6ii, but when I got home I started trying to figure out what the problem was. I am not going to go through the entire list of things I checked but after removing the battery grip and reconnecting it, everything worked fine. Where I was shooting was in a theater of a live performance and it was very dark at my location so I really couldn't see well enough to figure out the problem. After getting home and cooling off over being mad I found out the the battery grip must not have been communicating with the camera. I learned a long time ago not to go anywhere without a backup! If you ever have a problem with your Z camera, that has both batteries in the grip, take it off and reattach it to see if that fixes your problem. I would like to add that one battery was at 100%. and the other at 90% for those that will suggest it being a battery problem. Just wanted to share this just in case it ever happens to you!
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That's why I do not like battery grips . I just put an Xtra battery or 2 in my pocket and go ,less weight, less bulky and it only takes a second to put a fresh battery in and I am on my way.Just my opinion.

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Sep 19, 2022 07:16:55   #
Jimmy T Loc: Virginia
 
grandpaw wrote:
Friday night I was photographing an event when my Z6ii started giving me a message about my shutter being locked and to press the shutter button to keep shooting. I did that and it would work for awhile and then the camera wouldn't come on at all. Fortunately I also had my. D810 with me as a backup and finished shooting with it. I was pretty ticked off with my Z6ii, but when I got home I started trying to figure out what the problem was. I am not going to go through the entire list of things I checked but after removing the battery grip and reconnecting it, everything worked fine. Where I was shooting was in a theater of a live performance and it was very dark at my location so I really couldn't see well enough to figure out the problem. After getting home and cooling off over being mad I found out the the battery grip must not have been communicating with the camera. I learned a long time ago not to go anywhere without a backup! If you ever have a problem with your Z camera, that has both batteries in the grip, take it off and reattach it to see if that fixes your problem. I would like to add that one battery was at 100%. and the other at 90% for those that will suggest it being a battery problem. Just wanted to share this just in case it ever happens to you!
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Nikon or after-market grip?
JimmyT Sends

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Sep 19, 2022 09:31:52   #
nimbushopper Loc: Tampa, FL
 
Absolutely need a backup to do a job, and preferably the same make/model for consistency. Also carry a small flashlight in your bag because if you're in a low light situation you'll need it!

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Sep 19, 2022 10:11:17   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
grandpaw wrote:
Friday night I was photographing an event when my Z6ii started giving me a message about my shutter being locked and to press the shutter button to keep shooting. I did that and it would work for awhile and then the camera wouldn't come on at all. Fortunately I also had my. D810 with me as a backup and finished shooting with it. I was pretty ticked off with my Z6ii, but when I got home I started trying to figure out what the problem was. I am not going to go through the entire list of things I checked but after removing the battery grip and reconnecting it, everything worked fine. Where I was shooting was in a theater of a live performance and it was very dark at my location so I really couldn't see well enough to figure out the problem. After getting home and cooling off over being mad I found out the the battery grip must not have been communicating with the camera. I learned a long time ago not to go anywhere without a backup! If you ever have a problem with your Z camera, that has both batteries in the grip, take it off and reattach it to see if that fixes your problem. I would like to add that one battery was at 100%. and the other at 90% for those that will suggest it being a battery problem. Just wanted to share this just in case it ever happens to you!
Friday night I was photographing an event when my ... (show quote)


Keep us updated on the Z6 II.

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Sep 19, 2022 10:18:09   #
photoman43
 
I agree completely! One advantage of getting older (now 79) and not as mobile as I would like, is that I shoot close to my car. And in my car I carry my extras. That being said, my practice has been to use two cameras with two different focal length lenses so I am ready for just about anything w/o having to stop and change lenses. Given the quality of some cell phones these days, your phone can qualify as your second camera. Or a small point and shoot.

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Sep 19, 2022 11:33:53   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
And, of course, there's always the cell phone.

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Sep 19, 2022 11:35:59   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
photoman43 wrote:
That being said, my practice has been to use two cameras with two different focal length lenses so I am ready for just about anything w/o having to stop and change lenses. Given the quality of some cell phones these days, your phone can qualify as your second camera. Or a small point and shoot.


Yes! That's the way to go. I have an OP/TECH double strap so I can have a tele on my right and a W/A on my left. Very convenient.

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Sep 19, 2022 13:02:32   #
grandpaw
 
It is a Nikon battery grip, and I always have two cameras with different lenses on each. I do not carry both because with the camera, grip and shooting F2.8 glass it is just waaaay to heavy to carry around. I usually have a camera bag close by with my second setup at easy reach. I will keep you updated on my Z6ii.I really think the problem was communication between the grip and camera.

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